The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London’s Creative and Media learners took the Bernie Grant Arts Centre by artistic storm in May when their three-day end of year show ignited passion, entertainment and huge appreciation from friends, family, industry insiders and a range of employers. Titled CREATE 2014 the show paid tribute to all aspects of artistic endeavour at the College.
The annual show brings together the best work from all students in Music, Games, Animation and Media. Music students performed upstairs at the Arts Centre, which had the perfect feel of a small music venue for talented up and coming musicians.The main theatre was transformed into a cinema showcasing, sometimes chilling sometimes moving at other times outrageously funny show reels created by media and animation learners.
Melina Zachariou, a Creative Media Production Level 2 learner said, “I feel immensely proud that my work is being shown in the Bernie Grant Arts Centre. I’ve told all my family and friends, and feel a great sense of achievement.” Melina continued, “I love the versatility in the course, all the different areas that we cover such as photography, journalism, using Photoshop - and I feel very well supported by my teachers, who are always there to help.”
The ground floor housed art installations which in the darkened spaces seemed suited equally to a bijou nightclub as much as an art gallery. Exhibited on the stairs and mezzanine floor where paintings drawings and graphic designs from Media Students.
At the entrance, Games and Animation students delighted visitors with their intricate graphics and exciting games which ranged from one player shoot ‘em ups to adventure odysseys. David Ward, a Games Development Level 3 learner, who is moving on to Derby University in September, said: “I’m really happy that so many people have come to see my game, Melting Rubber, at the exhibition. I think it’s great that the College runs my course, the course itself has so many different aspects to it, and it’s really changed my interest in games and how I see them. The teachers are some of the best teachers I’ve ever had.”
As well as the vibe and buzz of the smoothly organised event taking place in an ideal purpose-built location was the more serious side of learners meeting and networking with potential employers.
Media Level 3 Learners entered a competition organised by thier tutor Gary Beswick to create a logo for a small business. The overall winners were Keisha Hamilton and Abbi Liddell (pictured).
Abbi said: “I was thrilled to win the competition and I am very pleased that I decided to go to a College which gave me so many opportunities to gain fantastic experience when looking for future work.”
Jane O’Neill Interim Principal and Chief Executive said: “Our Creative and Media students put on a magnificent show each year and CREATE 2014 had all the excitement and thrill I’ve come to expect of their exceptional talent. I was especially pleased to see that so many of our students received industry experience as part of their courses and that they are able to network with employers at the Show.”
Music Technology Learners bringing a cool jazz feel to the Bernie Grant Arts Centre